I cant believe it has been two months since I wrote on my blog. So much has happened since I last blogged. on March 13, 2016, my lavender Devon Rex, Sterling became a Grand Premier at the Atlanta CFA cat show. It was so exciting. I was so proud of my first Grand Premier. People have told me that you never forget your first Grand.
Rhett Butler is slowly working his way up the Grand Premier ladder, but still has a way to go. My first Queen, Gaia Indigo Moon (Smurfette), finished her six rings to become a Champion. I will start showing her again in May, when the new CFA show season begins.
I hope to have more good news in the coming months. I am trying to get everything in order, so that I may begin breeding Smurfette. There is so much to get done before breeding begins. She must be tested for blood type and genetic diseases. We want all Devon Rex to be the best that they can be. Search for and purchasing a suitable male is a very hard process. You must go through pedigrees of possible candidates to ensure that you make a match that will work to the benefit of the breed. Finding someone who will sell you a breeding Devon Rex will only happen when you prove yourself in the show ring. I fortunately have a mentor, Sue Perkins, who has made this part a little easier. We will co-own a male, this will help me experience the breeding process with supervised help. I feel so fortunate for this opportunity. I will continue to show my Devon Rex even as I begin the breeding process.
The Devon Rex is a breed of cat with a curly, very soft short coat similar to that of the Cornish Rex. They are often associated with being one of the most hypoallergenic cats available because of their type of coat. However, they are technically not hypoallergenic.
The first Devon was discovered by Beryl Cox in Buckfastleigh, Devon, UK, in 1960. The breed was initially thought to be linked with the Cornish Rex; however, test mating proved otherwise. Cats have three types of hair: guard hair, awn hair, and down hair. The Devon Rex's coat is unusual because there is little guard hair.
The typical Devon is active, mischievous, playful, and very people-oriented. They have been described as a cross between a cat, a dog and a monkey (or, more famously, as "a monkey in a cat suit"). They are high-jumpers and will try to occupy any space large enough to admit them. With this trait, they are often found in odd nooks and crannies of a closet, shelf, or laundry basket. Devons prefer to be in high places and will go to great lengths to get to the highest spot in a room. They are relatively easy to take care of. Most Devons also have one central person to whom they devote their love, and on whom they will most often lie and rub. They like to playfully nip, and love to play throughout their lives.
They are a very intelligent breed; the typical Devon Rex can be trained to walk on a leash, fetch or perform all manner of tricks usually associated with canines, like jump, heel and tag to name a few.
Another common trait is their show of affection: they have a particular penchant for being close to the head or neck of their human companions and can often be found mounted upon one's shoulder or nestled into the cranny created by the neck and shoulder when one is prone. The Devon Rex is a faithful companion and will usually follow the object of their affection from room to room, waiting for the opportunity to leap onto their arms, lap, or shoulder.